USADA grants Lance Armstrong two-week extension
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave former cyclist Lance Armstrong two more weeks to come forward and tell all that he knows about doping in cycling in hopes of saving his career, Velonews.com reports.
USADA had set Wednesday as a deadline for Armstrong to cooperate with the agency if he ever hopes of reversing a lifetime ban that was given to him amid a report detailing Armstrong’s systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs that lifted him to seven Tour de France victories.
“We have been in communication with Mr. Armstrong and his representatives and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling,” said USADA CEO Travis Tygart in a statement. “We have agreed to his request for an additional two weeks to work on details to hopefully allow for this to happen.”
Tygart contends that Armstrong lied during his high-profile interview with Oprah Winfrey last month. Tygart says that Armstrong did not race free of performance-enhancing drugs during his 2009 and 2010 comeback and that his representatives offered USADA a $250,000 “donation.”